January 27, 2022
Archive for Montessori micro-economy
Maria Montessori believed that adolescent students need real life experience with production and exchange. In fact it is essential.
The Middle School students at Clanmore Montessori School built their garden, sourced seeds to match our climate and growing season and have now started planting. They will tend to their crop, harvest and either sell their harvested fruits or vegetables, like basil, for example, or make a product by taking that basil and making it into pesto to sell. This is where the exchange component comes in.
Garden to table comes into play when they take that basil or pesto that they’ve made and create a meal for their community. Every Friday the students take turns creating a menu, shopping and cooking for one another.
Over the summer the Elementary children in the Garden to Table Cooking Camp will tend to the Middle School gardens and visit a local market to purchase what is needed for the week. They will also harvest what the Casa children plant this school year in the garden beds made possible by the Parent Association. The Casa campers will weed in the mornings and water in the late afternoons… a whole school endeavor!